Gilead Supports PrEP Education to Increase HIV Prevention and Awareness

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — Aug. 14, 2015 — Gilead Sciences, Inc. announced today it is granting funding to 66 organizations to support community-based projects and programs providing education for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy.

Gilead awarded the grants to organizations that provide PrEP education to populations at high risk for HIV infections that are traditionally under-served, including young adult men who have sex with men (MSM), people of Hispanic/Latino ethnicities, transgender women and African American heterosexuals. The selected organizations are developing programs with educational concepts that can be replicated and executed across the United States, maximizing the potential to reduce the number of new HIV infections.

“Each grantee understands the unique needs of the at-risk communities they serve and recognizes HIV prevention education should be tailored accordingly, in a culturally-competent and meaningful way,” says Gregg Alton, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Medical Affairs for Gilead Sciences.

A full list of organizations receiving Gilead grants is included below, and the following are a few of the ways grantees are educating communities about PrEP as one component of multifaceted HIV prevention strategies

  • Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans: Leveraging its extensive history supporting Latino high-risk HIV-negative individuals, this association will provide PrEP education to affected individuals and healthcare providers through existing prevention outreach activities and educational workshops. In one year, it expects to educate 1,200 people about PrEP.
  • National Black Justice Coalition: The coalition will create a targeted education and advocacy program to increase the black community’s exposure to PrEP, with an emphasis on young MSM and transgender women. The coalition will do this through a social media campaign and in-person events on campuses of historically black colleges and universities.
  • National Coalition of STD Directors: Given the popularity of online dating applications, the coalition seeks to use these portals as a forum for prevention. The coalition will leverage built-in, self-sustaining features — such as creating profile options to include PrEP use and risk level of user, as well as automatic reminders for users to get tested based on risk assessment — to help prevent new HIV infections.
  • The Black Women’s Health Imperative: Working closely with at least 10 urban healthcare providers nationwide, the organization will initiate a large-scale PrEP awareness and education campaign, reaching approximately 500,000 black women by August 2016.

To date, Gilead has awarded more than $13 million in funding to support PrEP education and awareness grants.

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About Gilead Sciences

Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company’s mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.  Gilead has operations in more than 30 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

Organizations Receiving Gilead PrEP Grants
Abounding Prosperity ACRIA AIDS Action Baltimore
AIDS Action Coalition dba Thrive Alabama AIDS Foundation Houston AIDS Help of Monroe County
AIDS Institute (AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families) AIDS Project New Haven AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
AIDS Resource Center Ohio AIDS Services of Austin Aniz, Inc.
API Wellness Center APLA Health and Wellness Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans
BASIC NWFL, Inc. Baylor College of Medicine BEAT AIDS
Bebashi Being Alive: People Living with HIV/AIDS Action Coalition Black Women's Health Imperative
Care Resource Cascade AIDS Project Center on Halsted
Chicago House Compass, Inc. Dallas County Hospital District dba Parkland
Damien Center Delaware HIV Consortium Empower U
Fan Free Clinic Fenway Institute Georgia Southern University Research & Service Foundation
Health Outreach Prevention Education Housing Works, Inc. Howard Brown Health Center
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation Iris House Justice Research Institute
JWCH Institute Inc. Kaiser Family Foundation Latinos Salud
Legacy Community Health Services LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland LGBT Network
Long Island FQHC, Inc. MAACA, Inc. Men’s Health Foundation
Metropolitan Charities Minnesota AIDS Project Nashville CARES
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) National Black Justice Coalition National Coalition of STD Directors
Pangaea Global AIDS Perspective Shift Colorado Pride Center at Equality Park
Project Inform REACH LA SIECUS
South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council Texas Women's University University of Chicago Medicine
University of Michigan Visiting Nurse Association of New Jersey Women With a Vision